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Posted at 5:48 PM ET, 07/ 1/2010

Dealing with WSSC's water restrictions

By Washington Post editors

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission has issued recommendations for dealing with the water restrictions it has implemented while repairing a failing 96-inch water main.

Outdoor water use is banned. That includes lawn watering, homeowner car washing, filling or topping off pools. Those found in violation of the ban face a $500 fine.

WSSC advises customers to:

Operate dishwashers and washing machines with full loads only.
Decrease shower times.
Turn off water while shaving or brushing teeth.
Repair leaky faucets, pipes and toilets.
Install a low-flow shower head if you don’t already have one to save water and energy.

And WSSC offers answer to some questions customers might have:

If the problem is in Potomac, why do all customers need to conserve? The 96-inch main is a major transmission main within WSSC’s distribution system. If customers do not conserve, some users could experience a drop in water pressure.

Will the quality of my water be affected? No. WSSC will continue to supply safe, clean drinking water while repairs are made.

Could this affect fire protection? Yes, if people don’t conserve and water pressure drops. WSSC is in contact with local fire departments so they can take appropriate measures.

Are swimming pools affected? Yes. All pools are included in the restrictions; public, private and commercial should not be topping off and should refrain from any non-essential use of water.

Are car washes affected? Car washes are NOT affected if they recycle their water.

How do I report a violation of the restrictions? In Montgomery County, call 311. Your call will then be referred to the appropriate enforcement agency for follow up. Violators could receive a $500 ticket.

By Washington Post editors  | July 1, 2010; 5:48 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Comments

Does this apply to everyone in Montgomery County? Any other counties?

Is it safe to drive in the area of the water main? Will the traffic be congested tomorrow?

Posted by: MarylandMama | July 1, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Does this apply to everyone in Montgomery County? Any other counties?

Is it safe to drive in the area of the water main? Will the traffic be congested tomorrow?

Posted by: MarylandMama | July 1, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

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